Queen Elizabeth High School

Name Queen Elizabeth High School
Website http://www.qehs.net
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 April 2012
Address Whetstone Bridge Road, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3JB
Phone Number 01434610300
Type Academy
Age Range 13-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1290 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.1
Academy Sponsor Hadrian Learning Trust
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 5.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about the school

Queen Elizabeth Community High School is a larger than average-sized secondary school with a large sixth form. It serves students from Year 9 to Year 13 from a largely rural area. The current headteacher joined the school in 2008, one and a half years after the school’s previous inspection. The school is in a hard federation with a local middle school which means that one governing body is responsible for both schools. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is low. The percentage of disabled students or those with special educational needs is low. Few students are from minority ethnic backgrounds or speak English as an additional language. The school has a specialism in performing arts. It is a Fairtrade School and a Healthy School and has been awarded Artsmark Gold. The school’s performance exceeds the government floor standards which sets the minimum expectation for attainment and progress. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school. Achievement is strong. Good leadership of teaching has led to improvement and performance management is closely linked to the school’s priorities. It is not yet outstanding because teaching varies in quality and weaker teaching restricts the learning of some students. The sixth form is good. It offers a wide range of planned opportunities both in and out of lessons. Sixth-form students make good progress and their achievement is good and rising. Attainment is well-above the national average. The progress of students in many subjects, including mathematics and science is good, although this was not the case in English in 2011. Boys also performed better than girls in 2011. Current information indicates that achievement across subjects and for different groups will be more consistent this year. Teaching is good overall. There are examples of outstanding and satisfactory practice. No inadequate teaching was observed. Teachers do not always plan lessons to take account of the learning needs of all students and the quality of marking is inconsistent. The school is at the early stages of developing common approaches to enhancing students’ literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills. The good behaviour of students in lessons allows learning to progress swiftly. Students say they feel safe at school and their parents and carers agree. Incidents of bullying are rare and any are dealt with quickly and effectively. The overall attendance of students is average. School leaders evaluate the school accurately and are active in challenging themselves and others to ensure that the pace of development continues. A dip in the progress of some students in 2011 has been responded to effectively. Planning systems are thorough but targets are not always used as well as possible by some middle leaders in subject area planning.